Hateful graffiti spree targets Muslims and Syrian refugees in Calgary
CALGARY – Police believe two adults are responsible for a hateful graffiti spree targeting Muslims and Syrian refugees.
Hateful words were spray painted throughout the Tuscany LRT station in northwest Calgary and vehicles in the C-Train parking lot on Thursday.
Brian Durocher returned to his car to find the words “Kill Muslims” painted on the side.
“My mind is boggled I just don’t understand why someone would do that. I just don’t get it. What’s written on the side of it is really disappointing to me as a Canadian, and a Calgarian. This is not us this is not how we behave,” he said.
Police believe it happened at about 5:45 p.m., and officers were quickly called by city transit workers.
Messages of hate cover doors, windows, and walls with messages of “F__k Muslim Goofs,” “f__k Syria,” and “f__k Syrian ‘refs.’’ Some of the graffiti included white power symbols.
The area is covered with CCTV cameras and officers believe the incidents were caught on tape.
“This case is not grey at all… this is hate” said Calgary Police Service Hate Crimes Coordinator Sgt. Eric Levesque.
C-train users stopped and read the words with disgust and snapped pictures.
The head of Calgary Transit Ron Collins was quick to call in clean up crews, calling the graffiti “despicable.”
“What are we doing, this isn’t us. I don’t do this kind of thing. It’s not reflective of who we are as Canadians,” said Durocher.